Song - Artist - Album
Romeo Had Juliette - Lou Reed - New York
When I filled out the random roommate selection form at some time relative to the beginning of summer, there was no “musical preference” option. In fact, I have no memory of the word “music” even appearing in entirety of the application, thus, when I found that my roommate in the fall was in essence a music connoisseur, I was shocked, for because of the anti-music-ness of the roommate selection application, I had grown to associate the word “roommate” as the antithesis of music.
I was entirely wrong. Turns out my new roommate, Trevor, was not only a music-lover, but an active blogger, writing several hundred blog posts a day (in actuality three to four, but still, pretty impressive). While I would soak in a single album every week or so, he would go through 4 to 5, making him of course, extremely music savvy.
Fortunately for me, Trevor comes across some absolutely fantastic music on a regular basis, and passes it on to me. At first, I was intimidated writing a blog for WHUS, knowing that it would probably never scratch the beauty of my roommate’s magnificent album/artist/single reviews that he writes out every day. But then I experienced the most enlightening of epiphanies: I could pass on his knowledge of music to the world of WHUS!
Thus, this is the first part of a series I would like to call “Albums from the last six months that might just knock your socks off”, albums passed on to me that I will now pass on to other people in need of pretty good music.
The first of these albums, released in October 2011 has grown to be somewhat popular, but this review/recommendation is for those (like me) who maybe overlooked it back in October.
M83- Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
This two disc phenomenon provides the listener with a variance of spacey falsetto vocals, blasting synths, sampled dialogue in both English and French, and even some acoustic instruments thrown into the mix. It’s hard not to mention the track “Midnight City”, which has penetrated the charts and appeared in a few television commercials with its mix of wave-esque synths with a vox sample. “Midnight City” was the track that roped me into this album, its saxophone solo over the continuing electronic jive putting into the realm of awesome music. That awesome-ality continues throughout the entire album, in tracks such as “Wait”, a slower balad-like mix of acoustic guitar and electronic orchestration, and lead Anthony Gonzalez’s call-like vocal instrumentation lights up the already upbeat grove of the album. Contrary to its title, don’t rush your listening to Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, its worth your time.
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